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Worry. Unhappiness. Hopelessness. Nightmares and sleep difficulty. Loss of pleasure in life. Emotional reactivity to painful reminders. Getting caught in a loop, reliving the same story time and time again. These are the effects of trauma.

Psychological trauma refers to any event that has impacted your life negatively and has caused emotional suffering. Common types of trauma include exposure to violence, sexual abuse, death, abandonment, and high stress environments. Trauma changes the way our brains react to stress and perceived threats, causing heightened anxiety, depression, and reactivity. The impact of trauma affects functioning and the quality of your experiences in all realms of life.

At Heavenly Therapeutic Services, we understand that re-establishing feelings of safety and healing from trauma happens at your own unique pace. Our therapists are experienced in enabling people to build resilience and find strength through difficult times.

To quote the great Mark Twain, “Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery is fear – not the absence of fear.” We scar only when we begin to heal. Make now your time to heal by calling Heavenly Therapeutic Services.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A common theme surrounding PTSD is the development of symptoms resulting from exposure to an extreme and traumatic stressor.  This stressor involves personal experience of actual or threatened death, injury, or other threat to one’s physical truth; witnessing such an event; or learning about unexpected or violent death, serious harm, or threat of death or injury to a family member or close associate.

The characteristic symptoms that present may include but are not limited to:

•    recurrent distressing thoughts or dreams
•    sense of reliving the experience
•    intense psychological distress
•    physiological reactivity
•    efforts to avoid things that arouse memory
•    feeling of detachment
•    irritability
•    decreased concentration
•    hypervigilance
•    sleep disruption

I utilize several different therapies depending on the client's individualized needs, as follows:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Stress Reduction Techniques 

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Emotionally Focused Therapy


Your brush with trauma causes you to feel overly alert and reactive when you are reminded of the traumatic event. You often feel restless, have trouble sleeping, and may experience frequent nightmares. You face fear and anxiety regularly. You feel hopeless about the future because you don’t see an end in sight to your suffering.


There is a bright future in sight for those tormented by Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Heavenly Therapeutic Services can assist you overcome these indicators while guiding you through the process of grief to healing. Through therapy, you can build heightened mindfulness about the circumstances that distraught you and acquire skills toward being able to engage in relaxation strategies to remain calmer when exposed to traumatic reminders. You may also be encouraged to attach yourself with other trauma survivors to help you feel less alone. Building a skill set to address your trauma with and developing a support network can enable you to get back into the world again

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